- It is important when traveling to maintain proper dental hygiene
- An unprotected toothbrush can pick up unwanted bacteria
- You should use a container or holder specially designed for toothbrushes and toothpaste
As you know, taking acre of your toothbrush and toothpaste is an important part of any oral health regime. It becomes even more important when traveling to maintain proper dental hygiene. Studies have shown that when traveling our immune systems are often weaker as a result of travel fatigue, leaving our bodies more susceptible to bacterial illnesses. Toothbrushes and toothpaste can become breeding grounds for bacteria if left unprotected. Special steps should be taken to care for your toothbrush and toothpaste.
An unprotected toothbrush can pick up unwanted bacteria. If bad bacteria builds up and you continually expose your teeth to it, your oral health could be negatively effected. That’s why we recommend keeping your toothbrush in a travel case and covered whenever you’re traveling.
What some people may not know is that protecting your toothpaste against dirt, debris, and unwanted bacteria is just as important. Toothpaste caps fall off or get lost and can track detrimental germs to your toothbrush and eventually your mouth. Consider storing your toothpaste in a travel container as well.
It’s important to use a container or holder specially designed for toothbrushes and toothpaste. Many people are in the habit of wrapping their toothbrush in tissue or foil, but this can damage the bristles of your toothbrush and leave it exposed to bacteria. Even if you’re simply brining your toothbrush and toothpaste to work for a quick brush after lunch, make sure you use an appropriate carrying case.
Once you’ve acquired a toothbrush traveling case and toothpaste container, don’t store your toothbrush or toothpaste there for long periods of time. You should dry your toothbrush before putting it away. Even so, containers often become damp and can quickly encourage microorganism infestations. Make sure you rinse your containers frequently.
Additionally, it is important to keep your toothbrushes separate. Families often store their toothbrushes together, but this allows bacteria and sickness to spread. Finally, it’s important to remember to replace your toothbrush and even the traveling container every three months as germs often build up.
Establishing effective travel habits and keeping your toothbrush and toothpaste clean and germ-free is important for maintaining healthy teeth and oral hygiene.